Camping Wins and Fails
by Keleigh May on May 5th, 2015

This past weekend, I did something I thought I would never do again....I went camping. Now growing up, I went camping with my family lots, but the last trip in my teen years consisted of me crying all night as some woodland creature viciously clawed around outside. 15 years, a boy scout husband, and a son who would live outside later, here we are. Alas, I was not alone, we were with our friends from our small group (you must be civil in front of people other than your family). I have to admit I was looking forward to spending time with my friends and family, but also cooking outside over an open flame. I have never been in charge or preparing meals on a camping trip, so this challenge excited me.  
Ok so in all honesty, I did nothing to assemble this tent, but run in at the last minute and grab a pole for this photo op. Just look how outdoorsy we all look?!

Foil Packet Salmon with Herb Butter, Lemon and Green Beans

Foil Packet Salmon with Herb Butter, Lemon and Green Beans
  • 1 stick of butter
  • fresh chopped rosemary, sage, thyme and basil
  • 2 cloves grated garlic
  • 4-5 filets of wild caught salmon
  • 1 pound green beans
  • a couple lemons

A day before your trip, mix together softened butter with fresh chopped herbs and garlic. 
Wrap butter in plastic wrap and refridgerate. 
Place salmon on a large piece of foil. Place roughly a tablespoon of herb butter in the middle of the salmon. Place a couple of lemon slices, and top with salt and pepper. Place a handful of green beans on top of salmon. 
Tightly secure the foil packet and place over the fire. 

Warning: Keep a close eye on the packets, cooking time varies! These were fully cooked in about 5 minutes. 

Dinner is Served!

Camping Fails

I had such high hopes for these potatoes. I peeled and diced red and a variety of sweet potatoes, and coated them in a herb olive oil and lovingly wrapped them in foil packets. I researched cooking methods, and most of the recipes I saw said that potatoes need an hour to cook over a campfire. Well, that was wrong...way, way wrong. My beautiful potatoes turned into charcoal (as you can see in the photo above). Needless to say, this was an epic fail, but a lesson was learned. PAY ATTENTION TO COOK TIME! Check on your food as you cook it, don't take someone else's word for it, especially with a heat source as unpredictable as camp fire. 
For breakfast we wanted to make pancakes. We had the idea to mix our pancakes in a gallon sized ziplock bag, clip a corner off then pipe the pancake mix onto the griddle. Sounds perfect right? 
Well, it would have been if the bag didn't explode all over the griddle, like ALL over. So what do you do when more than half of your breakfast literally goes up in flames?
You eat what you can, and be glad you brought more food. Luckily, we also had bacon and eggs, as well as lots of snacks so no one went hungry. Moral of the story? Always bring extra food. If something can go wrong, it probably will (if not to you then to your camping compadres), so best be prepared. 

Flammable Chips?

It had rained the week before our trip, so our fire was struggling. Joe had learned somewhere that Doritos would help start a fire, and my goodness they worked. 
This might be the best reason to buy Doritios. Something in the chips makes them the perfect kindling for a struggling fire, but I have all ideas whatever that is does not make a healthy treat for your body. On future camping trips we will be packing Doritios, as a fire starter (not a snack). 

Ideas to make your trip easier. 

We had a hand/dish washing station. I brought Seventh Generation Purely Clean Hand Soap, it was Tea Tree and Lemon scented (both repel bugs) so not only did it clean our hands, but it repelled bugs. Win/Win! I also brought classic blue dawn, as bugs hate the smell of that as well. Have i mentioned that I despise bugs? My lovely floral bouquet served 2 purposes, first citronella and lavender repels mosquitoes, and second, it looks pretty. The go to staple of every camping trip is Hot Dogs right? (We used Applegate Organic Grassfed Beef Hot Dogs) It would be a shame to forget hot dogs best friend, Ketchup. I loaded up on some free ketchup bottles at hotels and restaurants so I wouldn't have to take a big container. With a few luxuries from home, you can make delicious, healthy, simple meals over a fire pit in the great outdoors, after all, where there's a meal, there's a way. 

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